The ancient sailing season

by James Beresford

Providing a comprehensive examination of the capacity of ancient ships and seafarers to cope with seasonally changing sea conditions, this book draws on a wide range of ancient literary sources while also taking account of modern weather records, hydrological data, and recent archaeological discoveries. Taking a fresh look at the various ways in which seasonality affected maritime transport across the sea-lanes of the ancient world, it offers new perspectives on the nature of seaborne trade, naval warfare and piratical operations. The result is a volume that questions many long-held scholarly assumptions concerning the strength and seaworthiness of ancient vessels, as well as the abilities of Greek and Roman mariners, to regularly undertake voyages across hazardous stretches of sea.

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  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: The State of Modern Scholarship
  • Chapter 1 The Textual Evidence
  • Chapter 2 The Mediterranean Climatic Regime
  • Chapter 3 Ships and Sails
  • Chapter 4 Navigation
  • Chapter 5 The Sailing Season of the Indian Ocean
  • Chapter 6 Ancient Pirates and Fishermen
  • Conclusion
  • Translated Works
  • References
  • Index

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書名 The ancient sailing season
著作者等 Beresford, James
シリーズ名 Mnemosyne : bibliotheca classica Batava
出版元 Brill
刊行年月 2013
ページ数 xv, 364 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9789004241947
NCID BB11184562
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国